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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 4, 2019

Forty years ago today, on November 4, 1979, the Iranian Hostage Crisis started. Fifty-two Americans were held for 444 days, including Bruce Laingren, a Minnesotan and the most senior American official held at the Embassy.